All Friends registering during Early Registration (April 15-29, 2021) have an equal chance of getting into their first choice workshop. This is why even the person who registers on the morning of April 15 is not guaranteed to get their first choice workshop, and is why we ask for a second choice as well. Friends registering April 29 are as likely to get into a popular workshop as those registering April 15. This practice helps relieve the pressure on the computer system caused by many people trying to be "first in line." It also accommodates Friends who may not have access to a computer or time to register on the day registration opens.
Gathering staff almost always succeed in getting all early registrants into their first or second choice, when those choices are two different workshops. If your first and second choices are identical, you do not increase your chances of getting into that workshop.
If you register for workshops in different timeblocks during early registration, you will need to choose a first and second workshop for each workshop timeblock. As FGC Staff will assign each workshop timeblock separately, staff cannot accommodate first choice in one timeblock and second in another.
After standard registration re-opens on May 6, workshops will be first-come first-served, and you will not choose a second choice workshop. What you register for then is the workshop you will be in.
If you want to change your workshop, or check back later to see if you can switch into a workshop that was full, here are instructions for how to change your workshop. We do not maintain waitlists for workshops.